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LaRoche, Nats no closer to agreement

LaRoche, Nats no closer to agreement

LaRoche, Nats no closer to agreement
WASHINGTON -- As of Monday, according to person familiar with free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, the two parties are not close to a deal.

The Nationals made a qualifying offer of $13.3 million to LaRoche this past Friday, LaRoche has until 5 p.m. ET this Friday to decide whether to accept the offer.

LaRoche said he would like to return to the Nationals, but he wants a multiyear deal. LaRoche had a mutual option that was worth $10 million, but he turned that down last Thursday morning.

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LaRoche and Rizzo were not available for comment. If the Nationals are unable to re-sign LaRoche, they most likely will put Michael Morse back at first base.

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